Coronavirus Updates: Guidance for restricted businesses
New restrictions have been announced by the government and will take effect on Wednesday 14 October. We want to reassure our customers that we are on hand to support in whatever way you may need.
What are the new restrictions?
The government has announced that a new three-tier system of restrictions is being introduced across the UK. Areas will now be divided into these new tiers, based on local infection rates. The three tiers are 'medium', 'high', and 'very high', and different restrictions on how businesses can operate will apply, dependent on which tier each area is in. Tiers will be reviewed on a constant basis, and restrictions will be reviewed every four weeks.
Medium: Businesses operating in a 'medium' tier area will be subject to current national restrictions such as the 'rule of six' and the 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants.
High: The public will be prevented from socialising indoors with other households, although support bubbles will still be permitted. The 'rule of six' will still apply to outdoor spaces.
Very High: People will be banned from socialising with other households, either indoors or outdoors. Pubs and bars will be closed unless they can operate as restaurants. Businesses will only be able to serve alcohol alongside a meal, and local politicians will decide whether leisure venues such as gyms and casinos can remain open. Non-essential shops, schools and universities will remain open.
Businesses in Liverpool
Central Liverpool has now been placed in the highest tier, meaning that pubs, bars, leisure centres, casinos and sports facilities will close from Wednesday 14 October onwards. Wedding receptions are also no longer permitted.
Businesses in Scotland
On 7 October, the Scottish government announced that pubs and restaurants across the Central Belt of Scotland should close from Friday 9 October at 6pm, until Sunday 25 October. Licensed premises in Scotland's central belt, including those in Edinburgh and Glasgow, have been instructed to close. Cafés without an alcohol license can remain open until 6pm, while hotels are not required to close for residents.
Premises elsewhere in Scotland can remain open, serving food and soft drinks indoors until 6pm, and alcoholic drinks outdoors until 10pm.
However, in all cases across Scotland, the sale of alcohol on-premise, for indoor consumption, is prohibited.
It is expected that these measures will remain in place until Sunday 25 October.
For the latest information and updates, refer to the Scottish government's website.
We want to assure our customers that we are prepared and ready to help with any change in circumstances that these new measures will bring. Our teams are on hand to help, and are contacting customers with orders due for delivery soon, to ensure they are still required. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us with any queries.